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What Helps Your Heart More, Losing Fat or Gaining Muscle?

What Helps Your Heart More, Losing Fat or Gaining Muscle?FRIDAY, Sept. 17, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Shedding excess weight does much more for the long-term heart health of young people than building muscle, new research suggests.It's not that gaining muscle while young proved to be a cardiovascular problem. It's just that losing fat offered bigger heart benefits. "We absolutely still encourage exercise," said study lead author Joshua Bell, a senior research associate in epidemiology at the University of Bristol in England. "There are many other health benefits, and strength is a prize in itself," he said. "We may just need to temper expectations for what gaining muscle can really do for avoiding heart disease. Fat gain is the real driver."The study followed more than 3,200 Brits born in the 1990s. It found those who had primarily lost fat...

Special 'Strategies' Can Help People With Parkinson's...

16 September 2021
Special `Strategies` Can Help People With Parkinson`s Walk, But Many Patients UnawareTHURSDAY, Sept. 16, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Movement can be very difficult for people with Parkinson's disease, as shaking and stiffness play havoc with balance, coordination and gait.There are many different tricks Parkinson's patients can use to improve their walking and avoid injury from a bad tumble — but a new study reveals that people often have to figure them out on their own, with no help from either a doctor or physical therapist.Nearly one-quarter of Parkinson's patients have never tried well-known strategies proven to help improve movement, according to a report published online recently in Neurology."While compensation strategies are commonly used by persons with Parkinson's disease, their knowledge on the full spectrum of available strategies to improve walking are...

Anxious? Maybe You Can Exercise It Away

13 September 2021
Anxious? Maybe You Can Exercise It AwayMONDAY, Sept. 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Anxiety prevention may be just a snowy trail away.New research suggests cross-country skiers -- and perhaps others who also exercise vigorously -- are less prone to develop anxiety disorders than less active folks.Researchers in Sweden spent roughly two decades tracking anxiety risk among more than 395,000 Swedes. Nearly half the participants were skiers with a history of competing in long-distance cross-country ski races. The others were similarly aged non-skiers deemed to be less active."We found that the group with a more physically active lifestyle had an almost 60% lower risk of developing anxiety disorders," noted study lead author Martina Svensson, an associate researcher with the Experimental Neuroinflammation Laboratory at Lund...

Month-Long Recovery From Concussion Is Normal: Study

13 September 2021
Month-Long Recovery From Concussion Is Normal: StudyMONDAY, Sept. 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- College athletes who suffer a concussion may take as long as a month to recover, not the two weeks considered normal, new research finds."Normal return-to-play time was previously set at 14 days — meaning 50% of people recovered in that time," said lead researcher Steve Broglio. He is director of the University of Michigan Concussion Center in Ann Arbor. "Our paper suggests that 28 days more fully encapsulates the recovery process. At that point, 85% of people have returned to play."Median recovery times were consistent with the 14-day recommendation, the study found. But most athletes were not cleared for unrestricted play until a month after injury, the researchers said.This doesn't mean schools should change their return-to-play...

Mom's Exercise in Pregnancy May Help Baby's Lungs

8 September 2021
Mom`s Exercise in Pregnancy May Help Baby`s LungsWEDNESDAY, Sept. 8, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Exercising during pregnancy can benefit babies' lungs, Scandinavian researchers report."This study offers a fascinating hint that increased physical activity of mothers is associated with better lung function in their babies and, therefore, possibly their health in later life," said Jonathan Grigg, head of the European Respiratory Society Tobacco Control Committee, who was not involved in the study.It included 814 healthy babies in Norway and Sweden whose lung function was assessed when they were about 3 months old. Overall, 5.8% of them had low lung function. Of the 290 babies born to inactive mothers, 8.6% were in the group with lowest lung function, compared to 4.2% of those born to active moms.Average lung function also was slightly...

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